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05
Jul

Five key takeaways from Ontario's annual cannabis report

Five key takeaways from Ontario's annual cannabis report

Mon
05
Jul

This retired Canadian Olympian wants cannabis taken off the Games' banned substances list

The ban on Olympic athletes using cannabis is outdated and needs to change, says retired Canadian Olympic hurdler Perdita Felicien.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Friday that American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson has accepted a 30-day suspension after testing positive for THC, the psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. As a result, her Olympic trials results have been erased, and she won't be allowed to compete in her signature 100-metre dash at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

 

Fri
02
Jul

Seeing green? Economic impact of cannabis may be slow, modest

Though the arrival of legalized marijuana has been met with excitement and anticipation, economics and commercial real estate experts are tamping down expectations.

For one thing, they caution, it’s unrealistic to think marijuana shops will pop up on every street corner. The market, while potentially significant, just isn’t that big — and it won’t be a snap of the fingers to open a pot shop.

Though New Mexico has more than 117,000 residents registered in the state’s medical cannabis program with 12,628 living in Santa Fe County, recreational marijuana may be only a modest player in the state’s overall economic portfolio.

Wed
30
Jun

Some Canadian Drivers are Driving While Knowingly Impaired from Alcohol, Cannabis or an Illicit Drug

A recent poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of MADD Canada shows that some Canadian drivers aged 18-70 with a valid driver’s license (referred to as Canadian drivers hereafter) are driving while knowingly impaired from alcohol, cannabis, or an illicit drug that has not been prescribed, and that young men are even more likely to be engaging in these behaviours.

Tue
29
Jun

Canadian man charged with drug importation, trafficking in Malta

A 62-year-old Canadian man now faces drug charges after Malta’s Police Drug Squad was tipped off that three postal packages addressed to him contained approximately 18,000 cannabis cigarettes.

The man was arrested on June 25 after officials with the Customs Department reported the find to the drug squad, according to the Malta Police Force. The boxes contained what officials believe to be cannabis.

Mon
28
Jun

Why hasn’t legal weed killed the illegal market?

Legal marijuana is becoming the norm in America. Nineteen states have legalized recreational cannabis, and 36 allow medical use. In all five states where liberalization was on the ballot in November, voters supported it — even in such conservative states as South Dakota and Mississippi. One in three Americans now lives in a place where adults can legally buy weed just because they feel like it.

The shift has come about for a couple of main reasons. The first is that more than half of Americans have used cannabis, and people know from experience it’s not a demon drug. The second is that the national war on drugs, launched half a century ago by President Richard Nixon, has proven utterly futile in preventing such use.

Mon
28
Jun

UN: Countries should consider banning cannabis product advertising given 'the gap in risk perception and reality'

The new 2021 World Drug Report shows cannabis potency has skyrocketed in parts of the world and that has the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) thinking member states should consider outlawing weed advertising.

In just 24 years, “cannabis potency had increased by as much as four times in parts of the world, even as the percentage of adolescents who perceived the drug as harmful fell by as much as 40 per cent,” notes a UNODC press release accompanying the release of the report Thursday.

Mon
28
Jun

New Brunswick poised to fully embrace marijuana businesses. Here's how

The county seat may become the county hub for recreational marijuana businesses.

An ordinance allowing licensed cannabis establishments in all six classes approved by the state to operate in the city is slated for a public hearing and final passage early next month.

The six classes of licenses allowed for recreational marijuana in New Jersey are grower, manufacture, wholesale, distributor, retailer and delivery.

The hearing on the  ordinance will be held at 5:30 p.m. July 7 in the New Brunswick City Hall Council Chambers.

Thu
24
Jun

Delta-8 THC Threatens Legal Cannabis Industry

Let’s be honest, the cannabis market is becoming a cut-throat one, with everyone looking to make a buck, a range of low-level and possibly dangerous products on the market, and a rush by local governments to save revenue by outlawing what they can’t regulate. This brings up the question of whether a hemp-derived THC like delta-8 threatens the revenue of the legal cannabis industry, and explains why recreational states are quickly banning it.

Wed
23
Jun

CannTrust's former CEO and two directors charged with fraud over unlicensed pot growing scandal

Fraud charges have been laid against CannTrust Holdings Inc.’s former chief executive Peter Aceto and two former directors, all of whom face possible jail time of up to five years if found guilty in a sweeping quasi-criminal case led by the Ontario Securities Commission.

Company co-founder and former board chair Eric Paul and former director Mark Litwin are also charged with insider trading following a months-long investigation by Canada’s largest capital markets regulator. The OSC moved in following blockbuster revelations in the summer of 2019 that a Health Canada inspection of the publicly traded company uncovered unlicensed cannabis growing at its Pelham, Ont. facility.

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